Title-Another Tale of Two Cities
Publisher– Inspire India
Number of pages-303
Fourteen thirty one is the year remembered for the martyrdom of Joan of Arc. But another landmark event was unfolding in a future French colony. Cambodia was a cultural cauldron of Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism. The largest metropolis of the pre industrial era was also facing a climate change calamity. The story unfolds in fifteenth century Cambodia and travels to China, Sri Lanka, India and the Middle East, as Princes Adithya and Mahendra set out to seek help for their beleaguered country. Will the splendid twin cities of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom survive? Who wins the heart of Mandagini, the warrior princess?
Only if my school history books were written by Ezhuth, I never would have slept in history classes :p. I have always loved reading books set in historical period and a book with this much historical details and references is rare to find, of course, Ezhuth had done his research in depth. Though it’s fictional, it still gives you emotions while reading like it’s happening for real and you’re witnessing it. The simple language of the book along with short dialogues is like a cherry on top.
This book, revolving around the war between two kingdoms of 14th century – Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, is mainly themed on war and thrill while also covering elements like Religion, Patriotism, History and Love. Adithya and Mahendra, prince of respective kingdoms, both set out on the journey to save their kingdom. Meanwhile, Adithya falls in love with Mandagni, daughter of Guru Vajragnini whom he meets and is guided by in his journey, while Mahendra, who had set his journey to China to seek help, only runs into trouble until a former king helps him.
The cover page is an intriguing one, I loved the way how the reflection of the city, the setting red sun and a temple all are put together in one frame. It gives a serene look to the book. The title is really simple and has nothing to do with Charles Dicken’s “A Tales of Two Cities”.
The in-depth details, which is something to adore about the book is on the other side also holds a negative side. The detail of principals and doctrines of Buddhism was irrelevant and useless, also distracting from the main story time to time. Another negative side of this book is that it is not divided into chapters, but just parts (4 parts). Well, overall this book is really good and recommended to people who like war and historical fictions. I would rate it 3 out of 5.
Favorite quote- The Deeper you Dig, the more Water you Get.
The more you Learn, the more Knowledge you Glean.
P.S. This book is provided by Arudhaa Book Club in exchange for a genuine review.